The focal point of your wedding is, of course, you and your partner. The focal point of your tables? A stunning centrepiece. This crucial element adds charm to your reception, but is easily overlooked during the wedding planning phase.

Choosing the right decor for your centrepieces is one of many decisions to make before the big day – here are some things to consider first.


1. Finding Your Style

Your personal tastes will determine what type of centrepieces suit your wedding. Are you in love with floral-heavy designs? Or does the idea of something more contemporary entice you? Narrowing down what reflects you and your partner’s personality is the first step in the process.

Flowers are always a classic option, but that doesn’t mean you have to stick to typical arrangements. Exotic flowers and succulents can be as aesthetically pleasing as roses in the right setting. Fancy something a little rustic? Go with greenery and foliage – especially ideal for autumn weddings.


2. Get Creative

There’s no rule that says an attractive centrepiece must contain flowers. You can either combine a partially floral centrepiece with another decorative object or have no flowers at all. If you’re drawn to modern-looking decor, consider incorporating lighting into your centrepieces. Candles, fairy lights, and lanterns are eye-catching, yet simple options. 

Glass and water are two elements you shouldn’t discount. An understated but elegant centrepiece could start with a clear vase. Fill it with water and add floating candles or cut flowers. 

Your centrepiece is a great opportunity to personalise your decor. Centrepieces can be a reminder of things that are special to you and your partner. You can even add text to the centrepieces!

3. Avoid Common Blunders

Wedding day crises can be avoided with proper planning – including issues with your centrepieces. Ideally, you’ll be able to see how your centrepieces contrast with your tables before the big day arrives. If not, you’ll want to take into consideration space, table shapes, and layouts.

A common mistake is selecting a centrepiece which obstructs everyone’s view. Make sure everyone will be able to comfortably converse and dine once the centrepiece is in place. It should be a compliment to the table; not an obstruction. You want your guests to converse, not play hide and seek… leave that for the kiddies.

What if your tables are too small? Hanging centrepieces are a great alternative for when space is limited. It also opens up possibilities for elaborate decorations. Paper lanterns, fabrics, and even flowers are all still “on the table” as an option… even if they’ll be hanging above you. 

4. Consider the Venue

Your venue might not allow open flames inside, meaning candles can’t be part of your centrepiece. If you’d like hanging centrepieces, be sure there’s a way to suspend them from above – some venues could have structural limitations or strict health and safety rules.

If you’re opting for an outdoor venue, you may find it has its own constraints if you plan on using fresh flowers. Some types of flower are prone to wilt or discolour in the sun, so I’d recommend finding a good quality artificial flower supplier because the benefits of artificial over fresh are crazy.

5. Ask an Expert

You’re probably not making the cake, the dress, or the bouquet yourself. Similarly, you’re not on your own when you select a centrepiece for your wedding. Experienced designers at Ginger Says can help you choose the perfect decor. Contact us today and we’ll help bring together the wedding of your dreams.

The images in this post were taken by the talented members of Luke Middleton Photography, Nina Maree Photography and Ginger Says.

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